2017 NBA Draft Big Board

Posted: 06/16/2017 by levcohen in Basketball, Draft

Before I get to my big board, here’re links to my posts about each of the prospects I’m ranking:

I wrote about Jonathan Isaac, Justin Jackson, and OG Anunoby here
I wrote about Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum here
I wrote about Markelle Fultz here
I wrote about Lonzo Ball and De’Aaron Fox here
I wrote about Dennis Smith and Frank Ntilikina here
I wrote about Malik Monk, Lauri Markkanen, Luke Kennard, and Tyler Lydon here
I wrote about Justin Patton, Jarrett Allen, and Zach Collins here
I wrote about TJ Leaf, Ivan Rabb, and John Collins here
I wrote about Bam Adebayo, Harry Giles, and Ike Anigbogu here
I wrote about Josh Hart, Derrick White, and Frank Mason here
I wrote about Donovan Mitchell, Jawun Evans, Jonah Bolden, Andejs Pasecniks, and Terrance Ferguson here
I wrote about DJ Wilson, Caleb Swanigan, and Semi Ojeleye here
I wrote about Jordan Bell, Alec Peters, Frank Jackson, and Wes Iwundu here

That’s 38 prospects in all. It obviously isn’t all of the relevant ones, and I might even be missing a few that will go in the first round. But since these are the 38 that I researched and wrote about, they’re the ones that will make up my big board. As I did last year, the players I like more than the consensus are in green while the ones I like less are in red. This year, I’ll also be tiering the players, because I think viewing the players in tiers is the best way to get a sense of the value of the draft. Obviously, these rankings are made in a vacuum and don’t consider fit for any particular team.

— Tier 1: Future Superstar —
1. Markelle Fultz
— 6’4″ PG from Washington
— Tier 2: Sky’s the Limit, but with Risks —
2. Josh Jackson  — 6’8″ SF from Kansas
3. Lonzo Ball — 6’6″ PG from UCLA
4. Dennis Smith Jr— 6’3″ PG from NC State
5. Jonathan Isaac — 6’11” SF/PF from Florida State
6. De’Aaron Fox — 6’4″ PG from Kentucky
— Tier 3: High Floor, Potential All-Stars —
7. Jayson Tatum — 6’8″ SF from Duke
8. Malik Monk — 6’4″ SG from Kentucky
— Tier 4: Future Starters —
9. Donovan Mitchell — 6’3″ PG/SG from Louisville
10. Frank Ntilikina — 6’5″ PG from Strasbourg IG
11. T.J. Leaf — 6’10” PF from UCLA
12. John Collins — 6’10” PF from Wake Forest
13. Lauri Markkanen — 7’0″ PF from Arizona
— Tier 5: Ceiling of Elite Role Players —
14. Justin Patton — 7’0″ C from Creighton
15. Luke Kennard — 6’6″ SG from Duke
16. Josh Hart — 6’6″ SG from Villanova
17. Ike Anigbogu — 6’10” C from UCLA
18. Justin Jackson — 6’8″ SF from UNC
19. Jarrett Allen — 6’11” C from Texas
20. DJ Wilson — 6’10” PF from Michigan
— Tier 6: Low Floor, High Upside —
21. OG Anunoby — 6’8″ SF from Indiana
22. Harry Giles — 6’11” C from Duke
— Tier 7: Role Players With Definite NBA Futures —
23. Zach Collins
— 7’0″ C from Gonzaga
24. Terrance Ferguson — 6’7″ SG from Adelaide 36ers
25. Derrick White  6’5″ PG/SG from Colorado
26. Jawun Evans
— 6’0″ PG from Oklahoma State
27. Jordan Bell — 6’9″ PF from Oregon
— Tier 8: One Plus Skill —
28. Andejs Pasecniks — 7’2″ C from Gran Canaria
29. Tyler Lydon — 6’10” PF from Syracuse
30. Alec Peters 
— 6’9″ PF from Valparaiso
31. Semi Ojeleye —  6’7″ SF/PF from SMU
32. Frank Jackson — 6’4″ PG/SG from Duke
— Tier 9: Clear Second Rounders —
33. Ivan Rabb — 6’10” PF/C from Cal
34. Caleb Swanigan — 6’9″ PF/C from Purdue
35. Bam Adebayo — 6’10” C from Kentucky
36. Jonah Bolden — 6’10” PF from Radnicki Basket
37. Wesley Iwundu — 6’7″ SG/SF from Kansas State
38. Frank Mason
— 5’11” PG from Kansas

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